January 10, 1946

Seoul, Korea

January 10, 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Another day has slipped by and it was so very good to have your wonderful letter of December 27th.  Of course, the news of Grandma Norman’s homegoing made me feel badly. But she lived a good full life and she was always a blessing to all who ever knew her. I’m so sorry she had to suffer so long. Naturally, it has been a great strain on Wesley and Edith. Even though you had been telling me from time to time about her condition, I was rather taken back with the news. After all, she has always seemed like my very own grandmother and I feel a deep loneliness in my heart tonight because of her departure. And then I was also shocked to hear that Chaplain Davender’s wife had passed away. I do hope that you will have the opportunity to meet him someday, he is a mighty fine man.

Willis Reed with his Aunt Cornelia (left), Grandmother Mabel (on his right) and his mother Mildred (on the right of the picture. Photo taken around 1933-34 in Chicago.

And then I was surprised to hear about Connie, but knowing my grandmother, I can understand how she magnifies troubles so it probably isn’t too bad. However, I shall be glad to pray about the matter.

  This has been a rounder of a day to say the least. I was up early and around to the wards this morning. And then I came up here to the office and wrote a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Mason, the father and mother of Miss Mason. I just thought I would drop a note to them and assure them of the good work she is doing and the fine Christian character she displays in spite of all the temptations. And then I wrote a letter to Carl Anderson. I went through all the Christmas cards and birthday cards which I received and sent them to you by free mail. They were four large envelopes full. I thought you would like to see all of them as soon as possible.

  I had just started to study this afternoon when two more old friends from the 7th Division came over to visit me. They stayed for about 45 minutes when three more friends from the Division came in to visit Don and I. They stayed for almost 2 hours. However, in the meantime, I received a call that another man wanted to see me. I told them to send him up, it was another marital case. Naturally, that took time and by that time it was supper time so I had my evening meal and came back here to my office to go over my message again for the midweek service. They were only 19 in attendance this evening. Rather disappointing to say the least, but I did my best and I do hope it did some good.

  After service was over another soldier talked to me for a while, but as soon as he left, I wrote a short letter to the Normans. I’m afraid it isn’t much of a letter, but I wanted them to know that I have been thinking of them.

  It has been quite cold today, in fact, it has been rather difficult to keep the building warm enough. Well Lover, even though it is very late I want to try and catch up on some of your old back letters. I can see by your letter of the 27th of December that you were thinking I may be on the coast. Please Darling, remember that I’ll tell you when I will probably leave, for I will instruct you not to write to me anymore. For I’ve found we can make ourselves most unhappy if we don’t watch out for what rumors we believe. Right now it seems that the earliest possible time I could get back there would be around the first of April, note EARLIEST.  That doesn’t mean I’m not going to do all I possibly can to be there before that, but War Department orders may change in a matter of minutes.

  Darling, you haven’t sent me any pictures lately and I’m really very lonesome for them. Please remember that I too like to have pictures of my Sweetheart very much. That is one thing you cannot give me enough of. It will be so good when I don’t have to depend on pictures though. What joy will be mine when you are right by my side and we can talk and pray and do those things which have always been so dear to our hearts.

  From what you said in your letter, Dr. Ackley must have given a very fine message. I only wish they had more of that kind of preaching in North Shore Baptist Church. I really feel that Dr. Wilson will have to change before that church will ever go forward spiritually. Forgive me if that sounds critical, I don’t mean it that way at all. It is very easy to sense the church’s need for a spiritual ministry in the weekly North Shore Baptist. Honestly, Darling, I wish you would leave the church or change, for spiritually they seem weaker than I’ve ever known that church.

  I’m glad to know that you had such a nice visit with Florence Arnold and it is good to know that Frank is all set in his work at the University of Chicago. It’s good that they can be together again. I was also glad to hear that Bernice is so happily married.

  From what you said in your letter, I can readily see that the choir at Buena gave a wonderful rendition of the Messiah. I agree with you fully, Mr. Baer is a wonderful choir director and Mrs. Baer is a splendid organist.

  I was glad to know that you finally received the box of silk and rayon that I sent home to you. I think it was sweet of you to think of making some baby things out of the material. From the looks of things, those field glasses that mailed to you a long time ago have been stolen or lost. I had so wanted to have them but if they’re gone that’s that. Well, Lover, your little sweetheart is very tired so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you, Beloved in all things.

 Just yours forever in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find the Christmas note I received from Carl Anderson.

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